UPDATE: The Rockies just issued a statement saying Nicasio has been released from the hospital and “is resting comfortably at home in Denver.” Great news.
Struck in the head by a line drive Friday night, Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio remains hospitalized following surgery to repair a broken neck but “is definitely moving in the right direction,” according to manager Jim Tracy.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Nicasio “was mobile again, with assistance, for the second consecutive day Tuesday” and “was able to speak briefly on the phone with his mother.”
Renck describes Nicasio’s progress as “incremental improvement” from the fractured vertebra in his neck, which teammate Troy Tulowitzki called “the scariest thing he has ever witnessed on a baseball field.”
The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.
Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.
According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.
The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.